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A source for the ad

Corey Day, Patty Wetterling's campaign manager, promptly responded to my e-mail seeking a source for the allegation that Michele Bachmann supports replacing the income tax with a national sales tax, presumably based on the "Fair Tax" plan put forth by Rep. Linder of Georgia. Here's the new source that definitively backs up this claim:

Bachmann Favors A National Consumption Tax. Bachmann “would replace income tax with national consumption tax.? [Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2/19/06]

This article is only available on the pay-only section of the Star Trib website.

I'll write more about this later. In the meantime, DB is covering reaction to the ad.

Comments

Corey needs to provide more information - title of the article also, and whose byline.

The paper hasn't been the Minneapolis Star Tribune for years - but that's typical Corey Day sloppy work.

Eric Black's article in Lexis Nexis doesn't have that text in it - and that's the 2/19/2006 article. If Corey answers your questions, please ask him for more details - and if there's a print version which has the text he's quoting, please send it along.

Eva, I looked it up in the Star Tribune archives accessed through the UMN library website here. Here is the full quote about Bachmann from the 2/19/06 Eric Black article:

State Sen. Michele Bachmann

Basics: The Legislature's most prominent social conservative, currently chief sponsor of a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Defeated an incumbent Republican in 2000, then an incumbent DFLer in 2002.

Some positions: Favors amending U.S. Constitution to define marriage, to require balanced budgets, to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Would replace income tax with national consumption tax. Would eliminate U.S. Department of Education. Would partly privatize Social Security. Would consider pulling U.S. out of U.N.

Whoops, full thing should be blockquoted:

State Sen. Michele Bachmann

Basics: The Legislature's most prominent social conservative, currently chief sponsor of a proposed state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Defeated an incumbent Republican in 2000, then an incumbent DFLer in 2002.

Some positions: Favors amending U.S. Constitution to define marriage, to require balanced budgets, to overturn Roe vs. Wade. Would replace income tax with national consumption tax. Would eliminate U.S. Department of Education. Would partly privatize Social Security. Would consider pulling U.S. out of U.N.

That one sentence (fragment) is thin gruel on which to base the claim Bachmann is pushing the national sales tax.

Is this just a reporter's quick paraphrase of Bachmann's position that the sales tax is worth looking at?

I hope the Wetterling campaign will do better than this.